Retail Fraud

Elements of Offense - Ann Arbor, MI - Washtenaw County

The offense of Retail Fraud is a misdemeanor or felony offense punishable by between 93 days in the Washtenaw County jail or up to 5 years imprisonment in the Michigan Department of Corrections, depending on how much merchandise is stolen.

A person steals merchandise that is for sale in a retail store while the store is open to the public and the value of the stolen property is $1,000.00 or greater is guilty of Retail Fraud in the First Degree, a felony punishable by imprisonment for up to 5 years and/or a fine of not more than $10,000.00 or 3 times the value of the property stolen, whichever is greater. A person convicted of Retail Fraud in the First Degree in Washtenaw County will typically be sentenced to 1-6 months in the Washtenaw County jail with 3 years of supervised probation with jail work program or community service.

A person steals merchandise that is for sale in a retail store while the store is open to the public and the value of the stolen property is between $200.00 to $1,000.00 or is guilty of Retail Fraud in the Second Degree is a misdemeanor offense punishable by imprisonment for up to 1 year and/or a fine of not more than $2,000.00 or 3 times the value of the property stolen, whichever is greater. A person convicted of Retail Fraud in the Second Degree in Washtenaw County will typically be sentenced to 2 years of supervised probation with jail work program or community service.

A person steals merchandise that is for sale in a retail store while the store is open to the public and the value of the stolen property is less than $200.00 is guilty of Retail Fraud in the Third Degree, a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for up to 93 days and/or a fine of not more than $500.00 or 3 times the value of the property stolen, whichever is greater. A person convicted of Retail Fraud in the Third Degree in Washtenaw County will typically be sentenced to 1-2 years of supervised probation with community service.